February 07, 2005

Local attorney comments on Shanley verdict

Capital News 9

2/7/2005 10:09 PM
By: Capital News 9 web staff

Defrocked priest Paul Shanley has been convicted of child rape by a Middlesex Superior Court jury.

The 74-year-old showed no reaction when the verdict was read. He was one of the most notorious figures in the clergy sex abuse scandal that rocked the Boston archdiocese.

Shanley was found guilty of molesting a young boy over a six-year period. Jurors deliberated for about 13 hours over five days.

Capital Region attorney John Aretakis, who represents many alleged victims of clergy sex abuse, said the verdict reinforces the message that justice is being served.

Posted by kshaw at February 7, 2005 11:17 PM